I was watching an interesting CNN special this evenning "The End of AIDS". It made me think again of the HIV/AIDS epidemic across the world... I started surfing the net and I found the following facts:
- As of the end of this year, there are an estimated 36.1 million men, women and children living with HIV or Aids worldwide, and 21.8 million have already died from the disease.
- This year alone, there have been 5.3 million new infections worldwide, of which 3.8 million were in sub-Saharan Africa, and 780,000 in South and Southeast Asia. Children constitute over 10 percent of the global figure.
- By some estimates, 90 percent of HIV-positive individuals worldwide do not know they are infected.
- The disease is found mainly in two specific age groups: children under five, and adults aged between 20-40 years.
There are thousands of reports of different kinds and with focus on different regions. But I thought I'd share this resource. It is a country reportfrom the WHO: Epidemiological Fact Sheets on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections.
So where to start? After reading these facts I'd say: Get tested!